Day 30 – Oh, Hi
Allons! the road is before us!
It is safe–I have tried it–my own feet have tried it well–be not detain’d!
Let the paper remain on the desk unwritten, and the book on the shelf unopen’d!
Let the tools remain in the workshop! let the money remain unearn’d!
Let the school stand! mind not the cry of the teacher!
Let the preacher preach in his pulpit! let the lawyer plead in the court, and the judge expound the law.
Camerado, I give you my hand!
I give you my love more precious than money,
I give you myself before preaching or law;
Will you give me yourself. will you come travel with me?
Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?
-Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass – Song of the Open Road
The first few miles of the day were on a pedestrian path, so we were able to walk side-by-side and not worry about oncoming traffic. It doesn’t happen often, but it’s a welcome respite when it does.
We crossed the Ohio River and entered our fourth state: Ohio.
A few miles into Ohio, we were stopped by a group of children. They approached and asked “what are you?” After telling them we were just a couple of people walking across the country, they confessed that they originally thought we were from North Korea (someone in the group is watching too much news). We told them we were from Indiana, which they took to mean we were Indians. After explaining that we were not Indians, but rather from a state called Indiana, they asked “where’s that?” Not wanting to get into the complexities involved in explaining U.S. geography and the fact that it’s the next state over, we answered a few more of their other questions and then departed.
Several hours later we heard a car horn, turned to look, and saw that it was Charlie! He was out for a Sunday drive with “The Boss”, his wife, Cindy.
We rested while talking with them, and Charlie presented us with another care package.
It was a nice surprise to get to see a new friend again.